Wednesday, December 3

Why Is Eating Healthy at Restaurants So Challenging?

When Aaron and I were traveling across America together we knew that we would have to face some unique challenges regarding food. Like me, he's very healthy and sticks to a vegan diet (with the exception of holidays, our anniversary, and birthdays). We were excited to try new things, and stop into cool places during our travels. So restaurants were definitely an option, and it was fun while it lasted.

Then we realized that over time we weren't feeling so good. We struggled with low energy, and even started to breakout a bit. What was happening! Well, come to find out, it was the food. What we thought was fresh and vegan, truly was not. We ordered baked potatoes, only to find out that they were probably cooked in cheap oil. Soup that we thought was vegan clearly had sour cream in it, followed by frozen broccoli that looked decades old. Then lastly, the final straw that broke the camel's back, was a salad that we wanted to order with a lovely fat-free tomato basil dressing. Doesn't that sound fantastic? Well, we thought so too, but we knew that it was probably too good to be true.

We asked the waitress what was in the dressing, and she was kind enough to rip off the label for us. We were absolutely shocked! Take a look for yourself.

The dressing was laden with chemicals and processed ingredients. This isn't food.

Seeing this made us realize what we were doing. It was not acceptable, and gaping over the label was a way of removing the blinders. From then on, we stuck to buying raw organic produce from grocery stores along the way. It was definitely the best option because we could control what we were eating once more.

Our cells are created by the food that we give them. Think of it like building blocks, and whatever is given to the body will be utilized. For us, our bodies are a sacred part of who we are, and despite the fact that Aaron and I might have craved comforting cooked foods out in the cold, it just was not worth it. It takes 7-10 years for the body to completely rebuild itself. A whole new you, if you will. Who do you want to be? This is the question that we pondered while traveling, and it helped us to make better choices.

Now, there are some amazing vegan and raw food restaurants out there. We just didn't get so lucky as to find them during this particular adventure. It will take more research and planning regarding that, and I look forward to enjoying some better meals out there on the open road.

Cheers and here's to happy, healthy living.
~Claudia

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